Photo Gallery View photos from the book The Guns We Left Behind. These images help describe American gun culture the way many of us remember it. 1956: Here is a shot of my father and his pre 64 model 70 Winchester. His gun experiences reflect a time when nobody ever heard the word “restraint” The author at age 4 at the farm in Bath County with Stonewall the Saint Bernard and a family friend along to tote the .22 magnum rifle that went with us no matter where we were at the farm. 1988 Meadow Lane Farm. I took 39 ground hogs that summer with a semiautomatic .223. A great deal of the book deals with these type of weapons and their sometimes troubling influence within the family. — at Meadow Lane Farm. 1985: My first gun still life picture. AK and SKS rifles were still newcomers to the American market. Prairie dog hunting in Wyoming all takes place from your truck which is loaded to the gills with different guns and tons of ammo. These hunts will be be features in the next book’s Hunting Chapter. Varmint hunting figures prominently in the book. The short story “Gods of Darkness” deals with how a child is influenced by watching parents hunt. This is a clone FAL rifle This is a Finnish made Lahti L-39 antitank rifle just like my father had when I was a kid. It is iconic and I tell its story both before my father owned it and the somewhat bizarre story of its time as a family heirloom. This is the setting for the short story “The Farmer Mafia” which is in the Toys chapter of The Guns We Left Behind All of the shooting came from the hay loft… we needed a fall guy…. More crime scene pictures that sure are pretty– just like everywhere on Meadow Lane Farm Interior shot of Colsmann Arms in Morgantown WV. Colsmann manufactures and sells class three weapons such as machine guns and as you can see in this picture, .50 caliber heavy rifles. June, 2000. My wife prepares to fire an AR-15 match target rifle during a shooting match at Mason Dixon Rifle Club in Morgantown, West Virginia. Here we have the author just after college and a very close and influential friend from his college years. Russel’s story and its tragic end will be featured in the next book. The AR-180 rifle was designed as a cheaper alternative for the M-16. This is a pre-ban model made by Stirling Arms of England. Author on a chuck hunt with one of his student circa 2000 This picture underscores the themes and comes with the story “The 34th Floor” where a lady hunter/ public relations executive gets stuck in an elevator with an animal rights activist. These days my primary focus is collecting military surplus rifles. The object is to trade up as much as possible to get a pristine copy of each rifle. Malory Colsmann with her hot pink STEN sub-machine gun…. a gift made by her loving father.The author explores both the legal and illegal sides of fully automatic weapons in Chapter 2 “The Minutemen” Forrest fires a .22 Cricket rifle with a scope. He is reporting that all the tin cans have been shot and but he needs more bullets. Can you tell which three do not belong in the larger group? There once was a time when this was considered funny. I wanted to commemorate the kill because I did it with my concealed carry gun. There’s something very special about being able to step out front of your house and shoot clay pigeons with your kids. Start your kids on a rubber band gun. Here Forrest fires his first shot. He already had an eye dominance issue.